Frank Infante

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Frank Infante
Born (1951-11-15) November 15, 1951 (age 66)
New York, United States
Genres Rock, punk rock, pop, new wave, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 1970s-present
Labels EMI, Chrysalis Records, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Blondie, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Divinyls, Joan Jett, Chequered Past
Website frankinfante.com

Frank Infante (born November 15, 1951)[1] is an American guitarist and bassist best known as a former member of the new wave band Blondie.

Early life and Blondie[edit]

Born in New York, and prior to Blondie, Infante established himself playing guitar in heavy, electric blues groups such as The Elegant End and World War III. In 1975, he joined Sniper. Infante joined Blondie in 1977 as a session player. The group had been formed three years earlier by singer Deborah Harry and guitar player Chris Stein, out of the remnants of Harry's previous group, The Stilettos. Gary Valentine was the band's bassist that August but was replaced by Infante in July 1977.

Chrysalis Records took over Blondie's contract from Private Stock Records, and in February 1978, the band released their second album, Plastic Letters. Infante played on the record but was not pictured on the album cover. He continued to play bass for Blondie until Nigel Harrison joined the group later that year, at which point Harrison took over the role of bass player and Infante switched to guitar. Record producer Mike Chapman has said that he considered Infante to be an "amazing guitarist" and the most technically proficient member of Blondie when he began producing Parallel Lines (1978).[2] Though the group was already a commercial force in the UK and Australia, Parallel Lines and follow-up album Eat To The Beat (1979) proved to be Blondie's commercial breakthrough in the US.

For the band's 1980 album Autoamerican, Infante sued the group for his alleged minimal involvement in the recording (which would affect his royalties), but the matter was settled out of court. Infante stayed as on official member of Blondie for their follow-up album (1982's The Hunter), but Deborah Harry has claimed in interviews that despite receiving credit, Infante's participation in the project was essentially non-existent. Infante was no longer a member of the group during their tour in July and August 1982, and Blondie officially broke up by the end of the year.

Neither Infante nor Harrison were asked to rejoin when Blondie reformed in the late 1990s. Infante and Harrison sued the other members of the band for reforming the band without them,[3] but the lawsuits were unsuccessful.

Throughout his time with the band, Infante contributed to writing a handful of Blondie's songs, including "Victor", "I Know But I Don't Know", and "Underground Girl" which was a demo from the band's Parallel Lines sessions in 1978.[4][5]

Post Blondie[edit]

During Blondie's hiatus in 1981, Infante went on to work on Joan Jett's album Bad Reputation. He also worked on albums by Stiv Bators and Sylvain Sylvain. Shortly afterwards, he toured and recorded with groups including Iggy Pop and Divinyls. Iggy Pop's German compilation Nuggets in 1999 and UK box set Where The Faces Shine in 2009 both feature live tracks with Infante on guitar.[6]

In March 2006, Blondie were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7] Seven members were invited to the ceremony, which resulted in an on-stage spat between the extant group and former bandmate Frank Infante, who asked during the live broadcast of the ceremony that he and Nigel Harrison be allowed to perform with the group. Their request was refused by Deborah Harry, who stated that the band's current line-up were already prepared for the performance.[8]

In 2010, Infante toured and performed with The New York Dolls in shows at The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He also played guitar on their album Dancing Backward in High Heels, released in March 2011.[9]

Infante currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He continues to record and perform with Infante's Inferno with Infante on guitar, Clem Burke (drums) and Steve Fishman (bass). The trio performed at the Rhino Records Pop Up Store, Los Angeles in 2011.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porter, Dick; Needs, Kris (2012). Parallel Lives Blondie. 
  2. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun08/articles/classictracks_0608.htm
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/21/arts/blondie-proves-again-it-s-a-group-not-a-girl.html
  4. ^ "Victor - Blondie music and video". Musictory.com. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Parallel Lines – Blondie – Listen and discover music at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Biography for Frank Infante". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Inductees". Rockhall.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  8. ^ Montgomery, James (2006-03-14). "Metallica Thud, Blondie Feud At Rock Hall Of Fame Ceremony". MTV. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Frank Infante | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Ex-Blondie Guitarist Frank Infante Gretsch Player Here". The Gretsch Pages. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Rhino Charity Pop Up Store Returns to Westwood". Uclaextensionmusic.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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